Top spots uncontested for third time


Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE – For the third consecutive time there will be no change among the city’s top officials after November’s general election. Mayor Joseph Kuspa, Treasurer James Dallos and Clerk Janice Ferencz are all running unopposed after last week’s candidate filing deadline.

According to the city clerk’s office, candidates had until Tuesday to submit nominating petitions to determine if a primary election would be scheduled, and until 4 p.m. Friday to withdraw their candidacies.

There will be no August primary for elected officials in the city. Seven names will be featured on the ballot for the seven city council seats, and barring any last-minute cancellations the seven current candidates will run unopposed.

Incumbent council president Sheryl Denman and councilwoman Patricia Ganzberger are not seeking re-election.

Newcomers Phillip Rauch and Christopher Rollet will join incumbents Bill Colovos, Mark Farrah, Karen George, John Graziani and Dale Zamecki.

While the offices of mayor and treasurer will remain consistent and no challengers have faced off in the clerk’s race, city council had attracted numerous candidates in recent years. A dozen names were put before voters in 2013, and 10 candidates sought the seven seats in 2011.

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